Not available in 2020/21
SP435 Half Unit
Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Prof John Hills OLD 2.62
This course is available on the MSc in City Design and Social Science, MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (LSE and Fudan), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations) and MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
All Social Policy Courses are ‘Controlled Access’. Please see the link below for further details on the allocation process.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
This course introduces MSc students to the links between housing, neighbourhoods and social and public policies, in the context of housing systems in the UK, Europe and North America. It examines: how housing and neighbourhoods have evolved in UK and Europe, and contrasts in the USA; the rise of mass housing estates, the role of government and housing management; housing markets – supply, demand, need and affordability; owner-occupation and taxation; sustaining neighbourhoods through upgrading, and dangers of segregation and gentrification; housing wealth and assets, inheritance and polarisation; private renting, housing benefits and regulation; social housing, subsidies, rents and affordability; community-led and community-based housing; sustainable housing solutions, retrofit, fuel poverty and energy saving. The course uses live case studies to illustrate the main themes.
15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of seminars in the ST.
There are also organised site/project visits. The course provides many case study examples for students to draw on.
Students participate actively in seminars, make two class presentations and complete one formative essay, drawing on case study evidence.
Students are invited to join site visits which illustrate key housing themes.
- A. Power From Hovels to High Rise, 1993; Estates on the Edge, 1999.
- L. Hanley Estates: a personal history, 2004.
- J. Hills Ends And Means: The Future Roles Of Social Housing In England, 2007.
- A. Power et al. Jigsaw Cities 2007; Cities for a Small Continent, 2016.
- R.Lupton et al Social Policy in a Cold Climate, 2016.
- H. Glennerster Understanding the Cost of Welfare 2017.
- A. Power and B. Provan, Overcoming the stigma of social housing, 2018.
Exam (66.7%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (33.3%, 2000 words) in the LT.
Essay based on a housing case study or policy initiative
Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2019/20: 23
Average class size 2019/20: 12
Controlled access 2019/20: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Commercial awareness
- Specialist skills